By Rachel D’Sa
For The Vancouver International Film Festival’s 36th year, a permanent addition has been integrated to further bring rising talent to the surface. VIFF Live, the new series presented by FACTOR, Radio Starmaker, and Music BC, will showcase live music acts in a coming together of the creative industry at one of the world’s finest cinema events. VIFF AMP will also be making its first appearance at this year’s festival, with world-class music representatives giving their best advice to those looking to reach their full potential in the art form.
Curator of VIFF Live, Robert Calder, brought the add-on to the festival in 2016 with a few shows at the Vancity Theatre to experiment with the intersection of film and music. After receiving positive feedback, the festival decided to incorporate more BC musicians by crafting, as Calder describes, “a more dynamic and heavy-hitting series of shows.” This year, Calder anticipates a successful take-off. “So far people have been really excited and intrigued to hear about this new series. It’s a great way to bridge the gap between film and music fans, and bring them together to witness unique ways of collaborating the two mediums,” he said.
The approval process required diligence and a lot of hard work every step of the way. Eventually, the event was able to gain funding from Creative BC, FACTOR, Radio Starmaker, and Music BC, making it a reality. Though adding in the segment was difficult at times, Calder believes that it is important to the festival, the film industry, and the city’s creative community overall. Having flown in about 20 music supervisors from all across North America to watch the showcases, he hopes that these professionals will see just how much the city has to offer and will begin to use the city more as a music source. “Given the location of Vancouver, and it’s burgeoning film industry, it makes sense to start seeing an intersection between the film and music industry at an event such as VIFF,” he said. “We are also working with some amazing video artists from Generate, to videomap the entire venue [where] the shows are taking place. This is going to create a totally immersive experience for concert goers, and offer a unique late night opportunity.”
From October 2nd to 5th, Fortune Sound Club will be home to VIFF Live, taking attendee’s to higher ground with performances featuring some of the country’s best talent. Here’s the rundown:
October 2 – Five up-and-coming artists from BC showcase their talents, featuring visuals by GENERATE and Hfour. Kicking off the VIFF Live series is Basstronaut, with acts LIINKS, Sam the Astronaut, Tonye, and Jon and Roy. Tickets for this event are $15, and doors are at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m..
October 3 – Five of the province’s most beloved musicians including So Loki, Desi Sub Culture/Horsepowar/Jarj Nagra, Louise Burns, The Zolas, and Little Destroyer team up to take on day two of the series. The night’s visuals feature the works of GENERATE and Hfour, and take off at 8:30 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. for $15 a ticket.
October 4 – Day three of VIFF Live delivers a special, one-time-only presentation connecting music and film in live performance. Collaborations include Gratification with visuals by Roxanne Nesbitte and I M U R with visuals by Laine Butler. The score for VIFF film Dead Shack will be performed by HUMANS with visuals by Genki Nishida, and a live score of Hollow in the Land performed by Edo Van Breemen with visuals by Scooter Corkle. Doors for this event open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.
October 5 – The VIFF Live and Starboy Official After Party begins at 10 p.m., at $40 a ticket. Hosted by Indian-Canadian hip-hop artist, NAV, as he comes off of his latest release “Perfect Timing”. The event also features supporting acts Rico Uno and Geni3.
October 10 – Beginning at 8 p.m., The Centre hosts award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin’s multi-experiential performance of The Green Fog, in collaboration with Evan and Galen Johnson. The event, which surrounds itself with themes from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, will feature a live performance of the score by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet, with compositions by Jacob Garchik. The visuals for this event will build on themes of the original film’s parallel-universe, while incorporating styles of ‘50s noir, studio classics, and ‘70s prime-time television. Tickets to this premiere event range from $35-$55.
VIFF AMP Summit – A two day conference by Music BC beginning Oct 2 at 6 p.m., at Imperial Vancouver. The event is titled a “How-To-Series” that will provide industry advice from music supervisors including Natasha Duprey of Silent Joe, John Bissel of Mothlight Music, Liz Gallacher of Velvet Ears, and Valerie Biggin of The SongRep Music Supervision, as well as director of music and technology at ARPIX, Kyle Merkley. The second day of AMP is a conference from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. held at the Vancity Theatre, filled with delegates from all over North America, all for $150 a pass. The conference consists of panels, workshops and networking with music representatives and industry leaders, concluding with that evening’s concerts.
Calder has high expectations for Vancouver’s upcoming creative output, and hopes that these additions will bring the community closer together. He notes that “the rich history of music and film in Vancouver coupled with fairly easy travel from hubs like Seattle and L.A., situates Vancouver to be a unique player in the world of film, TV.” Adding, “We are hoping VIFF AMP helps grow our collective community and build the careers of artists and content creators alike.”
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